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Breakthrough Mentoring Programme for Black Writers

Five talented Black writers will receive nine months of mentoring from a published author.

This nine-month mentoring programme is part of The Breakthrough Writers’ Programme – our outreach initiative for under-represented authors.

This mentoring will run from February to November 2021 and seeks to support five aspiring authors through one-to-one guidance from a published author-mentor, plus a tutorial with a literary agent.

Applications close end of day, Sunday 24 January.

Eligibility and Applications

This round of mentoring is open to all Black writers over the age of 18.

Applicants must have one of the following categories of ethnicity: Black African; Black Caribbean; Black Other; Mixed – White and Black Caribbean; Mixed – White and Black African; or Other mixed background (to include Black African, Black Caribbean or Black Other).

Our form asks you to make a statement about your ethnicity and the reason you deserve this mentoring opportunity.

Please upload your application via the form at the end of this page. If you encounter any problems during the application process or have any more questions about the course, please email for assistance.

Ready to apply?

Our application process is simple, and we encourage all writers meeting the eligibility criteria to apply.

Don’t worry if you have little or nothing to say in response to questions about e.g. writing experience or employment. Just fill out the form, upload your work and we’ll be in touch soon.

Please apply with the first 3,000 words of the writing project you’d like to work on during the mentoring programme, and a synopsis of no more than a page (both need to be in the same document, as you can only upload ONE file in the application form).

The CBC team will select applicants and allocate mentors based on the quality of the writing sample provided. The deadline for applications is midnight, end of day Sunday 24 January, and we will respond to applicants by Thursday 28 January.

Breakthrough Mentoring for Black Writers

  • Contact Details

    Please provide some essential details so we can get in touch with you about your application. We won't share this data.
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  • About You and Your Writing

    We'd like to learn a bit about you and your writing. Don’t worry if you haven’t done much writing before, please fill out in as much detail as possible. We won't share this data.
  • Date Format: DD slash MM slash YYYY
  • For example, please provide details of any previous writing courses you've taken and any other writing achievements you'd like to tell us about.
  • Accepted file types: pdf, txt, doc, rtf, docx.
    Please upload your synopsis and opening 3,000 words in one document. Only PDF, TXT and DOC files accepted, file size must be less than 8mb
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